Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:15-16 NIV)
The word “platform” can be used in a variety of ways. From a spiritual context it can also describe a number of scenarios. What is amazing is that we all have a platform to elevate our relationship with Christ. To some their platform may be their job, inside their home, in their classroom, or through a blog, but we all have a platform. I had an interesting experience two weeks ago concerning “my platform”. When it comes to my time on this earth and my destiny, I believe that there is nothing to be lost, but everything to be gained. This way of thinking was put to a test, the day I volunteered to be a designated driver for the teenage girls at my church. They had decided to go out to dinner on a Sunday after church for a time of fellowship. The restaurant they chose was The Cheesecake Factory.
The Cheesecake Factory is located downtown Chicago in the lower part of the John Hancock building. On that same day I also had a prayer call that I was scheduled to lead. I had it all planned out. I was going to take the girls and lead the call but what I didn’t plan was to lead the call in the bathroom of the John Hancock Building! I wasn’t asking nor looking for that kind of platform, but God gave it to me.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:6 NIV)
First, I prayed that God would give me a place to pray and the Holy Spirit led me to the bathroom. I was hesitant because I didn’t want the distractions in the background to interfere with my call and I didn’t want to look weird to the people coming in and out of the bathroom. When I walked in the first time, some teenagers who were engaging in conversations filled with profanity surrounded me, so I left. I went to a corner but couldn’t receive a signal on my phone. The Holy Spirit again led me back to the bathroom. Its funny how sometimes we ask that the Lord use us but when it’s out of our comfort zone we’ll easily decline.
When I went back into the bathroom for the second time it was empty but then the cleaning lady walked in. She locked the door behind her, I asked if I could stay there to do my prayer call and she said, “Sure as long as you don’t step on my floor.” I opened up my Bible, pulled out my pen, paper, and led the call. Leading a prayer call in a public bathroom was never a desire of mine, but God used that as my platform. Here are two things I learned from that platform:
- Platforms are made to be built upon and are a two-way contract between God and you.
- He is the provider and you are the builder who utilizes the platform He provides.
I thank You for being so understanding and patient. There is truly none like You! I ask that You would open the eyes of my understanding, that I may recognize the platforms You have placed me on and that I will build upon them for Your glory. Wherever they may be I thank You for going before me so that I won’t be afraid. I just love You and praise You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
I EMPOWER you today to know that God has given you a platform to show your light! It may not be behind a pulpit, but He has given you one to build upon and use to attract others to Him. Take some time this weekend and ask Him to show You your platform and go forth unafraid.
In this season, what platform has God given you or have you ever found yourself on an unusual platform? Share your story with us.
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Mrs. Lisa M. Purnell-Marshall is happily married to the wonderful and inspiring Antoine L. Marshall. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls. Her voice is one of the leading and authentic voices for breast-feeding, especially for the African-American community and Generation Y. She currently works inside of her home and plans to become a professional licensed lactation consultant in 2014. She and her family are members at Spirit of Liberty Church located in Markham, IL. Embracing the love that God has for her, Lisa labors to live an acceptable and pure life through the leading and keeping of the Holy Spirit so that her attitude, words, and actions attract the glory of God. In her free time she loves receiving manis and pedis. Her favorite promises that she find comfort and reassurance in are: Psalm34:19: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” and Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”